Beauty | May 23, 2019

Acne hacks that are in your kitchen already

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If you are coping with acne, running out your favourite treatment is just as bad as PMS (sans that decadent chocolate bar). Maybe even worse. Though when in the ‘pinch n pop’ season, there are many items sitting right in your kitchen that can fight acne, naturally! Below are 10 items that you can use from your own house to fix that terrible breakout. Get ready for clear skin ladies!

Aspirin

That miracle medicine for headaches can create wonders. Crush one aspirin in a small bowl with just enough water (make sure it’s filtered or bottled so it’s purified) to create a paste. Spread that paste on your face as a spot treatment.

Honey

Raw honey is a powerful superfood in its most natural state. Rich in antioxidants, phytonutrients and live enzymes, a small dab on acne before bed is a great tool to relieve blemishes, reduce redness and soften skin.

Garlic

It doesn’t just fight vampires; it can dry out pimples! Rub the juice from a garlic clove on the areas needing treatment and then rinse. Make sure you avoid your eyes!

Vitamin E

If you have popped a pimple (we’re hoping you didn’t, but in case of an emergency), break open a capsule of vitamin E and apply the oil to the area to speed healing.

Aloe

Take a piece off an aloe vera plant and use the cool natural aloe to soothe and reduce inflamed blemishes and also reduce swelling and redness.

Tea Bags

Take a wet green tea bag and chill it, so it gets cool. Then apply it to your blemishes. Green tea is antiseptic and a natural anti-inflammatory. Speaking of tea bags, chamomile acts as a great gentle astringent.

Oils

Try massaging a few drops of olive oil, avocado or coconut oil and wiping away with a cotton ball soaked in lukewarm water (for dry skin you can add a few drops of rose oil or lavender. For oily skin-skip the rose oil and lavender and add some fresh drops of lemon juice.

Ice

Ice can be a girl’s best friend. Wrap an ice cube in a paper towel and press against the pimple or inflamed area to reduce swelling temporarily.

Oatmeal

Mix a cup of unflavored, unsweetened oatmeal. Ensure that the combination is pasty and not soupy by adding less water. Add a touch of honey for extra good measure. Apply as a mask to your face and leave on for about 10 minutes before rinsing. Oatmeal is great at absorbing oils and dirt, as well as exfoliating your skin.

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